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Tuesday with Tara {take 168}

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I happen to have a day off work, so I decided that instead of the card I planned to share, I would incorporate a facebook live into my post, which I’ve never done before and I’m kinda regretting the idea a bit… LOL but I’m gonna roll with it!  I recently got my hands on Dina Wakley’s new pouring medium & cell creator and I decided to play with it!  I’m not feeling like I was entirely successful on my first attempt… and I used the entire 4oz bottle of pouring medium to cover two 8×10 canvases, but it was fun to get all painty and experiment!   And it’ll be fun to see what these not-so-perfect backgrounds become…

First, I poured the medium into my cups (I used little plastic shot glasses) and added some paint.  I worked with lemon, tangerine & cheddar, magenta, fuchsia, blackberry & white as I was going for an autumn sunset sort of vibe…  I think in the future I will get Dina’s mixing cups (since they have measurement lines for more accurate mixing) and I’m gonna be picking up the larger bottle of Pouring Medium as well!  I mixed up my colors with craft sticks, and I found some of my colors were a bit lumpy… I thought I had it mixed up really smooth, but you’ll see little clumps on my finished canvas that doesn’t look so great 🙁

I used the same little cups to prop up my canvas so paint could drip off.  I decided to work outside on a picnic table with cardboard beneath my canvas as well.  My first canvas looked better earlier on than it did at the end… I poured each color individually and then tilted the canvas to blend them together.  I think I overworked it a bit much so it lost some of the color definition.  Here’s a peek before I started tilting & blending the colors.

My second canvas was a ‘dirty pour’ which involved pouring all the colors into one cup and inverting it on the canvas.  This technique was more fun, but I think I just didn’t have enough paint for the kind of results I was hoping for.  Here’s what my setup looks like and the two canvases as they sit and dry.  I think it might take a while…

I added a bit of a gold paint into the first canvas just to see what would happen.  It does add some fun metallic bits and helped break up some of the orange ‘melted cheese’ look.

Here’s another close up shot, which shows I did get a few cells.  I learned a few things, and I look forward to playing with this technique some more!

Paint is still drying, but I think I have an idea what I’m going to add to these once they dry.  I’ll be going live on facebook in a few minutes to show you more of my setup and the mess I made!  I also took a little video of the dirty pour which I’ll upload on facebook as well, since space is limited here on the blog!

Until next time,

Inky (PAINTY) hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 166}

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

September can be an overwhelming time for a lot of people… I recently shared a post on facebook and the feedback I got inspired me to use the encouragement for a page in my art journal.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, this page is for you.  It’s pretty simple paint and & scribble sticks by Dina Wakley and reminders from someone, somewhere who knows you can get through it.

You don’t have to solve all the problems today.

Be Gentle with yourself.  You are doing the best that you can.

When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.

Sometimes our STOP  DOING list needs to be bigger than our TO DO list.

You don’t have to figure everything out at once.

You can do ANYTHING, but not everything.

Focus on progression, not perfection.

Keep Calm.  No one else knows what they are doing either!

Carry on.


Inky (& painty!) hugs,



Materials Used:

Dina Wakley Media Journal

Dina Wakley Paints in Ancient, Cheddar, TangerineFuchsia, Blackberry, Lapis, Night

Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

Dina Wakley Stencil- swirls (and inspiration from ‘Giant Funky Silhouettes’ to draw my figure)

Witch Way is the Candy ?

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Witch Way is the Candy ?

Hello Everyone. My new project for blog  is a Hallowe’en Card.  My Favorite Things Witch Way is the Candy ?  Stamp Set and co-ordinating dies  are the stars of todays entry.

Witch Way is the Candy  ? Stamp Set and co-ordinating dies are an  older set   that’s been released  last year after a hiatus.  It is a set that should be in everyone’s stash.

Ink to Paper:

Memories Black Dye Ink Pad was used to  stamp the two pumpkins onto masking paper and  then all stamps required  in the desired placement onto watercolour paper  to build a scene using  MISTI to ensure a crisp image.

Masking works by stamping the images to be placed in the forefront first and working back from there. This meant the smallest pumpkin stamp had to be stamped first in the bottom left to centre  on the  watercolour panel.

After both pumpkins were stamped and masks placed onto both, the cat was stamped to look as though it was sitting on the smaller pumpkin.  The masks were removed. The crescent  moon was stamped next, the witch   fit nicely in the right bottom edge ,  with the bat stamped out of the scene.

Watercolour with Scribble Sticks:

Dina Wakley’s Scribble sticks set 1 and set 2 were used to  watercolour  this card. Elephant, Sedona, Blushing, Cheddar, Evergreen, Marine, Olive, white, black, Umber, Lime, Tangerine, Magenta and  Night Scribble Sticks were used. Daniel Smith Watercolor Stick ( Cadmium Yellow Pale for the moon, Sodalite Genuine and Lunar Black  was added to darken the sides and bottom.

Die Cuts Using Gemini:

Hallowe’en themed pattern paper  – from my stash –  was cut to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 ” ( 10.8 x 14 cm). Lawn Fawn’s Reverse Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Windows largest die was used to cut a window from the panel. The bat was cut and trimmed.  A tree branch die – from my stash- was cut with  black card stock.

Card Assembly:

Black  3 D Foam Squares were cut into four pieces  and placed onto the back of the tree branch. The branch was placed over the watercolour card  front panel ( from the top right hand corner to just above the bottom of the moon).   The bat was adhered to the branch was  an acetate braided dimensional strip and attached on both ends – to the bat and the branch – with micro glue dots. The Hallowe’en themed window was popped up with Ranger Foam Strips and  placed over the front card panel. The branch was trimmed  from the back of the panel.

A top fold portrait card  base was cut  11-1/2 x 4-1/4 ” (29.1 x 10.8 cm) and   scored at 5-1/2 ” (14 cm). Be Creative  was  applied to the card front.  Black Fun Foam was cut to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 ” ( 10.8 x 14 cm) and placed over the card front.  Be Creative Tape was applied to the top of the  fun foam.  Finally to complete  the card front, Be Creative Tape was applied in the opposite direction onto the back of the watercolour panel. The release backing was removed from the watercolour paper panel and placed onto the fun foam, burnishing the panel as requires.

Finishing the Card:

White Card Stock  was  trimmed to 4-1/8 x 5-3/8 ” (10.5 x 13.2 cm). A  4-1/8 x 1/2″ ( 10.5 x 1.9 cm)  strip of Hallowe’en pattern paper from the front was  attached to the bottom of the inside card panel.Memories Black Dye Ink Pad  and a sentiment stamp”Hallowe’en Greetings”  from  Witch Way is the Candy ? Stamp Set was  centred vertically but not horizontally. Three small bats – from my stash- were stamped above the sentiment. Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive adhered the card inside panel to the inside card base. Glossy Accents were added to the cat and bats eyes. Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss to the bats wings and a white Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen to the bats teeth.

Witch Way is the Candy Hallowe’en  card is now complete. Until next time. xo Karen